Galway has had the second highest number of daily cases in Ireland for the second day in a row, with 81 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed today.
There have been seven deaths related to COVID-19 and an additional 777 confirmed cases reported to the Department of Health today.
The death toll in the coronavirus pandemic has now reached 1,878 lives lost in the state, and there have been a total of 55,261 confirmed cases.
Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 8 confirmed cases, which is reflected in the national total.
As of 2pm today there 319 patients hospitalised with COVID-19, of whom 37 are in the Intensive Care Unit. In the past day there have been 24 people hospitalised.
In the past fortnight there have been more than 15,000 people in the state diagnosed with COVID-19.
“It is vital for everyone with a recent diagnosis to self-isolate for the full 10 days to protect the people they live with, the people they love and people in their communities from this highly infectious disease,” said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer.
“Self-isolate means stay at home, stay in your room as much as possible, stay away from other people, including those in your household.”
Dr Holohan appealed to people to “behave as though you were a close contact” and stay at home as much as possible.
“Now is the time to use our reserves of energy and dig deep in our efforts to follow th2e public health advice – keep your distance, wash your hands and wear a face covering.
“Play your part to break the chains of transmission across families, neighbours and communities,” Dr Holohan appealed.